August 5, 2015

Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig On The FBI Investigation Into Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server

The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today to discus her story on the FBI’s investigation into the security of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The new revelation just adds to the controversy that continues to hinder her presidential campaign.

According to the Washington Post’s report:

The FBI’s interest in Clinton’s e-mail system comes after the intelligence community’s inspector general referred the issue to the Justice Department in July. Intelligence officials expressed concern that some sensitive information was not in the government’s possession and could be “compromised.”

When host Joe Scarborough asked Leonnig if there was any additional security added when Clinton became Secretary of State, her response was:

CAROL LEONNIG: So, excellent question, and two questions, really, in that: A. There were a lot of concerns – as my colleagues Roz Helderman and Tom Hamburger reported with me in the story today – there were a lot of concerns inside the State Department, among aides, and also in the campaign, about the security of the server, largely for practical reasons. It was actually failing at times and kind of crashing.

Scarborough interjected that, “It, it, it sounds like, it does sound home-brewed. I mean, you get a staffer, ‘Hey, set me up with a server,’ and it sounds a little, to say lax would be an understatement here.”

On if Hillary Clinton sent or received classified information Leonnig stated, “You know, it has to be said, that Hillary Clinton has said over and over again, ‘The material that I sent and received was never stamped classified,’ and of course, as we all know, the intelligence community, the Inspector General, has said it appears that a lot of this material was classified in nature whether it was stamped that way or not and that’s the security risk.”

Latter on in the interview Mike Barnicle asked, “Was there any point of vulnerability about this issue that was raised in talking to your sources?”

Leonnig responded that, “Sources are concerned, that are in the intelligence community, are concerned about, again, that possibility of hacking, the possibility of unknown access and this material falling into the wrong hands. That’s the number one primary concern.”